"It was a nice emotional experience to re-sign and come back here," Sutton said. "The first time I put on the uniform and went out there was memorable.
"I will value my time here. It has always meant a lot to me to play with the Dodgers, in the tradition of great pitchers like (Sandy) Koufax and (Don) Drysdale. Number two, it was nice to be able to help the young and talented pitchers we have here. I'm going to miss them."
As Sutton cleaned out his locker before Wednesday's game, Claire announced Martinez's recall from Albuquerque.
Martinez, voted the top major league pitching prospect by Florida State League managers last season, had an 8-4 record with a 2.46 ERA for double-A San Antonio when he was promoted to Albuquerque in June. He pitched a shutout against Las Vegas in his most recent start.
Although Claire has tried to downplay the comparison, the promotion of Martinez is reminiscent of Fernando Valenzuela's emergence from the obscurity of double-A ball late in the 1980 season. Valenzuela, used as a reliever then, did not allow an earned run in 17 innings.